Cleckheaton Town Hall holds Westgate closure meeting

Andrew Graham, of Westgate, is talked through the plans for gas works by Northern Gas Networks's Tracy Wilks and Andrew Binns.
Andrew Graham, of Westgate, is talked through the plans for gas works by Northern Gas Networks's Tracy Wilks and Andrew Binns.

Firefighters in Cleckheaton will open the gates to roadworks in order to get to incidents and two bus services will not stop at Cleckheaton Bus Station, it was revealed at a meeting last night.

Members of the public had their chance to put questions to representatives of Northern Gas Networks, contractors Enterprise and transport authority Metro about the imminent 12-week closure of Westgate at the meeting in Cleckheaton Town Hall.

There were fears that fire engines coming from Cleckheaton Fire Station in Hightown Road would have to be diverted for jobs they would normally use Westgate to get to.

But an engineer for Enterprise, who have been contracted to carry out work on behalf of Northern Gas Networks said an agreement has been put in place with the station to make Westgate accessible for fire engines during the gas works.

He said: “When the engines are going to a job, our workers will be briefed to move the barrier to let them through, should the road be useable.

“If we do not have workers there at the time, the commander of the fire station has agreed that they will be able to jump out and move the barrier themselves.”

Bus services which use Westgate will also be affected.

The 225 to Brighouse and X25 to Leeds will instead stop on Horncastle Street at the times they would usually stop at Cleckheaton Bus Station. This will last for the duration of the work.

The work will start on monday and carry on until Sunday September 1.